Perhaps my comedy was a little rough for some of you regarding the fake comment about Diana Natalicio in a previous post.
But let's for a moment get serious and talk about Diana.
Diana has been president of The University of Texas at El Paso longer than Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq.
And kinda like Hussein (comedy), she has done nothing but exploit the poverty of the region for her own gain.
Like Hussein, Diana is more interested in building monuments...err..buildings than building her people...err...students.
If you ask Diana how are things are at UTEP, she will point out all the new buildings, increased enrollment and funding for research at UTEP. But the truth is that Chente could have been President of UTEP and these things would have happened anwyays. If you were to look at all the other second-tier universities in this state, you will see the same thing(s): new buildings, more students and more research. Diana is not doing anything out of the ordinary, and do not let her convince you otherwise.
And when she is not taking credit for things that would have happened with or without her, she has nothing but disdain for El Paso elected officials. On one hand, I get it. El Paso has given us Larry Medina, Anthony Cobos, Luther Jones, and I can go on, but not every elected official El Paso has been under investigation or incomptent. More importantly, her check, unlike mine, comes from a legislative appropriation. She should show a little more respect and gratitude. Instead, she likes to brag about how she sorta hoodwinked the County regarding the Sun Bowl and gives off a sense of entitlement when dealing with the individuals that the voters of El Paso have elected to represent them.
When pressed by elected officials or others about poor graduation rates, Diana will let you know right off that bat, "It's not my fault. Everybody here is poor, but look over there! There is a pretty building I lobbied to have built!!!" Even though Diana has a PhD, apparently she never learned the word "accountability".
So while Diana is not a mummified cunning literally, she is still a self-righteous administrator who regularly shields herself from any sort of responsbility with pretty buildings and low expectations. And she has been doing this for a quarter of a century.